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Synthesizer Manuals Collection

Collecting several hundred manuals in one location, this collection of information about Music Synthesizers spans over 40 years of technology and products. Most consist of information about programming, usage and operation of synthesizers, as well as software products that emulate synthesizers. Additional scans are always welcome.


The ARCHIVE.ORG Manual Library

midi 261
output 158
mode 126
input 125
data 116
signal 91
control 90
voltage 90
lfo 88
select 86
module 85
frequency 83
midi channel 82
sound 81
modulation 80
power supply 80
filter 78
pitch 74
patch 70
press 70
switch 70
vcf 68
parameter 64
vco 63
front panel 60
knob 59
button 57
pin 57
oakley sound 55
tone 55
program 54
rhythm 53
oakley 49
pattern 49
board 48
program change 48
audio 47
key 47
control voltage 45
channel 44
output level 44
keyboard 43
project webpage 43
settings 42
power 41
gate 40
preset 40
vca 39
voltage controlled 39
envelope 38
adjust 36
pcb 36
pitch bend 36
song 36
manual 35
pulse width 35
track 35
cutoff frequency 34
data entry 34
oscillator 34
tempo 34
memory 33
voice 33
edit 32
note 32
tone color 31
env 30
synthesizer 30
drum 29
display 28
trigger 27
wave 27
aaaa 26
sequencer 26
step 26
disk 25
set 25
connect 24
circuit 23
circuit board 23
envelope generator 23
low pass 23
oaaa aaaa 23
bass 22
controls 22
input signal 22
analog 21
delay time 21
memory protect 21
selector 21
sockets 21
clock 20
rhythm set 20
square wave 20
waveform 20
cutoff 19
decay 19
level 19
octave 19
rhythm pattern 19
sound systems 19
sync 19
controller 18
cursor 18
delay 18
midi controller 18
pulse 18
roland 18
sample 18
adsr 17
analogue 17
cpu 17
input level 17
instrument 17
nnnn 17
osc 17
pot 17
protect switch 17
rev 17
sine wave 17
system exclusive 17
presets 16
reset 16
resonance 16
rhythm patterns 16
synth 16
cartridge 15
control change 15
edit menu 15
external midi 15
midi clock 15
parameters 15
rear panel 15
signal lug 15
sound source 15
user 15
waves 15
attack time 14
buss 14
click 14
des 14
enter 14
gain 14
laurie biddulph 14
lcd 14
modules 14
panel 14
poly 14
trimmer 14
und 14
biddulph 13
die 13
dwg 13
edit mode 13
follan 13
led 13
memory card 13
note number 13
output jack 13
pass filter 13
portamento 13
real time 13
resistor 13
ring modulator 13
sequence 13
chorus 12
filter core 12
key follow 12
memory cartridge 12
metasonix 12
operating instructions 12
pad 12
play mode 12
reverb 12
setup 12
slider 12
supply 12
vibrato 12
voltages 12
volts 12
volume 12
channel number 11
console 11
daw 11
decay time 11
depth 11
device 11
elby 11
entry control 11
fcsm 11
filter envelope 11
gate time 11
high pass 11
indicator 11
internal memory 11
jack 11
korg 11
master 11
master menu 11
mod 11
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Synthesizer Manuals: Roland
Roland Corporation (ローランド株式会社 Rōrando Kabushiki Kaisha) is a Japanese manufacturer of electronic musical instruments, electronic equipment and software. It was founded by Ikutaro Kakehashi in Osaka on April 18, 1972, with ¥33 million in capital. In 2005, Roland's headquarters relocated to Hamamatsu in Shizuoka Prefecture. Today it has factories in Italy, Taiwan, Japan, and the USA. As of March 31, 2010, it employed 2,699 employees. It has existed in different forms since...
Synthesizer Manuals: Yamaha
Yamaha Corporation (ヤマハ株式会社 Yamaha Kabushiki Gaisha) is a Japanese multinational corporation and conglomerate based in Japan with a very wide range of products and services, predominantly musical instruments, electronics, motorcycles and power sports equipment. Yamaha has grown to become the world's largest manufacturer of musical instruments (including pianos, "silent" pianos, drums, guitars, brass instruments, woodwinds, violins, violas, celli, and vibraphones), as...
Synthesizer Manuals: Korg
Korg Inc. (株式会社コルグ Kabushiki-gaisha Korugu) is a Japanese multinational corporation that manufactures electronic musical instruments, audio processors and guitar pedals, recording equipment, and electronic tuners. Under the Vox brand name, they also manufacture guitar amplifiers and electric guitars. Founded in 1962 in Japan by Tsutomu Katoh and Tadashi Osanai, Korg was originally known as Keio Gijutsu Kenkyujo Ltd. and later Keio Electronic Laboratories (京王技術研究所?)...
Synthesizer Manuals: Emu
E-mu Systems was a software synthesizer, audio interface, MIDI interface, and MIDI keyboard manufacturer. Originally founded in 1971 as a synthesizer maker, E-mu was a pioneer in samplers, sample-based drum machines and low-cost digital sampling music workstations. Since its acquisition in 1993, E-mu Systems was a wholly owned subsidiary of Creative Technology, Ltd.. E-Mu was last based in Scotts Valley, California, on the outskirts of Silicon Valley. Unofficially founded in 1970 by Scott...
Synthesizer Manuals: MFB
MFB was founded in 1976 by engineer Manfred Fricke. So far there were more than some hundred products constructed and distributed. The first developments and products were primarly video games for industrial playmachines. A lowcost drummachine was introduced in 1979. (98 DM for the self construction kit). In 1980 the legendary drumcomputer MFB-501 was finished and sold. Although it was not the most prominent drumcomputer of that time it surely was one of the best selling drum units in Germany....
Synthesizer Manuals: Moog
Moog synthesizer may refer to any number of analog synthesizers designed by Dr. Robert Moog or manufactured by Moog Music, and is commonly used as a generic term for older-generation analog music synthesizers. The Moog company pioneered the commercial manufacture of modular voltage-controlled analog synthesizer systems in the mid 1960s. The technological development that led to the creation of the Moog synthesizer was the invention of the transistor, which enabled researchers like Moog to build...
Synthesizer Manuals: Casio
The Casio Computer Company, Limited (カシオ計算機株式会社 Kashio Keisanki Kabushiki-gaisha) is a multinational electronics manufacturing company headquartered in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan. Its products include calculators, mobile phones, cameras, musical instruments and watches. It was founded in 1946, and in 1957 released the world's first entirely electric compact calculator. Casio was established in April 1946 by Tadao Kashio (樫尾忠雄), an engineer specializing in fabrication...
Steinberg GmbH is a German musical software and equipment company based in Hamburg. It mainly produces music recording, arranging and editing software as used in digital audio workstations and VSTi software synthesizers. The company was founded in 1984 by Karl Steinberg and Manfred Rürup with the support of Nicole Rürupand the Headquarters is in Hamburg. Its first product was the MIDI sequencer Steinberg Pro 16 for the Commodore 64. The company changed its name from Steinberg Research to...
Synthesizer Manuals: Oberheim
Oberheim Electronics is an American company, founded in 1969 by Tom Oberheim (a former designer and contract manufacturer for Maestro), which manufactures audio synthesizers and a variety of other electronic musical instruments.
Novation Digital Music Systems Ltd. is a UK musical equipment manufacturer, founded in 1992 by Ian Jannaway and Mark Thompson as Novation Electronic Music Systems. Today the company specialises in MIDI controllers with and without keyboards, both analogue and virtual analogue performance synthesisers (in particular using Analogue Sound Modelling in which the waveforms are generated digitally based on samples of analogue oscillators), grid-based performance controllers, and DJ controllers and...
Sequential Circuits Inc. (SCI) was a California-based synthesizer company that was founded in the early 1970s by Dave Smith, and sold to Yamaha Corporation in 1987. Throughout its lifespan, Sequential pioneered technologies and design principles that have served as a foundation for the development of modern music technology. Sequential was also pivotal in the planning, design, and support of 1982's groundbreaking innovation in electronic music, MIDI.
Propellerhead Software is a music software company, based in Stockholm, Sweden, and founded in 1994. They are most notable for the studio emulation Reason. Propellerhead Software was founded in 1994 by Ernst Nathorst-Böös, Marcus Zetterquist and Peter Jubel, who still hold prominent positions within the company.[1] Their first release was ReCycle, a sample loop editor that could change the tempo of a loop without affecting the pitch. The export medium was Propellerhead's own REX format....
Synthesizer Manuals: SSL
Synthetic Sound Labs: Sensible Modern Devices for Electric, Steam, Pneumatic and Aether Powered Musical Instrumentation.
Topics: instruments, pressing, bass, select, rhythm, shuffle, decay, rec, pattern, controls, white buttons,...
Synthesizer Manuals: Alesis
Established in 1980, Alesis was founded on innovative semi-conductor chip technology and award winning industrial designs that allowed entry level musicians and recording artists to afford professional studio recording products that were never affordable before. With high “bang for the buck” value, Alesis introduced the world’s first professional 16 bit effects processor under $1000, the Midiverb. Following on the heels of the Midiverb, Alesis progressed into studio quality drum machines...
Synthesizer Manuals: Arp
ARP Instruments, Inc. was an American manufacturer of electronic musical instruments, founded by Alan Richard Pearlman in 1969. Best known for its line of synthesizers that emerged in the early 1970s, ARP closed its doors in 1981 due to financial difficulties. The company earned a reputation for producing excellent sounding, innovative instruments and was granted several patents for the technology it developed.
Synthesizer Manuals: Arturia
In the beginning there were two friends, Frédéric Brun and Gilles Pommereuil, both students at INPG, Grenoble Institute of Technology - France. Both of them were part of the University Orchestra. Frédéric was playing the violin and Gilles was conducting. Since… ever, technology had changed the way people made music. But this trend accelerated in the 60’s. In the late 90’s, it was clear it was not about to stop. Frédéric and Gilles, both engineers, shared this vision that technology...
Oakley Synthesizers is a manufacturer of high-quality self-built analog synth modules.
Synthesizer Manuals: Akai
Akai (Chinese: 雅佳; pinyin: Yǎjiā, Japanese: Akai in rōmaji) is a consumer electronics brand, founded by Masukichi Akai and his son, Saburo Akai as Akai Electric Company Ltd. (赤井電機株式会社 Akai Denki Kabushiki-gaisha?). It is now headquartered in Singapore as a subsidiary of Grande Holdings, a Hong Kong-based conglomerate, which also owns the formerly Japanese brands Nakamichi and Sansui. The Akai brand is now used to rebadge electronics manufactured by other companies....
Synthesizer Manuals: Waldorf
Waldorf Music AG is a German synthesizer company. It was founded on 1 January 2003 to take over the actual business of the Waldorf Electronics GmbH which had become insolvent. Waldorf is best known for its Microwave wavetable synthesizer and Q virtual analogue synthesizer lines. Waldorf Electronics GmbH was founded 1988 by Wolfgang Düren. Before this Wolfgang Düren was the German distributor of PPG. The name of this company refers to the German town Waldorf (near to the former capital of West...
Topics: audio, midi, track, select, project, click, events, settings, channel, vst, control room, project...
Synthesizer Manuals: Doepfer
Doepfer Musikelektronik GmbH is a manufacturer of audio hardware, mostly synthesizer modules (modular synthesizer) based in Gräfelfing, Germany, founded by Dieter Döpfer. The product range covers analog modular systems, MIDI controllers, MIDI hardware sequencers, MIDI-to-CV/Gate/Sync Interfaces, MIDI master keyboards and special MIDI equipment. Dieter Döpfer began developing audio hardware with a Voltage Controlled Phaser (VCP) module for the Formant, a do-it-yourself-kit analog synthesizer...
Topics: pattern, press, select, midi, data, keyboard, recording, indicator, setting, settings, trip hop,...
Topics: midi, vocoder, program, select, filter, synth, edit, microkorg, lfo, timbre, edit select, shift...
Synthesizer Manuals: Waves
Waves is the world’s leading developer of audio plugins and signal processors for the professional and consumer electronics audio markets. Heard on hit records, major motion pictures, and popular video games worldwide, Waves’ cutting-edge software and hardware processors are used in every aspect of audio production, from tracking to mixing to mastering, broadcast, live sound, and more. Waves offers Native and SoundGrid audio plugins in VST, TDM, RTAS, and AU formats for Pro Tools, Logic,...
Make Noise Co. is a manufacturer of synthesizer modules and systems.
Elby Designs was set up in early 2003 in an attempt to support the synthesiser do-it-yourself (SDIY) market by providing access to a range of component kits for a number of popular PCB designs. Although the PCB's were readily available, gathering all the components to construct the design often required multiple sourcing for components and, in some cases, unrealistic minimum-order-quantities making it impractical for many builders. At the time, the ASM-1 from Gene Stopp was the main focus but...
Synthesizer Manuals: Buchla
It occurred to Don one day to build an instrument actually intended for electronic music performance. He created the 100 series Modular Electronic Music System (1963). And a few years later (1970), the 200 series Electric Music Box. Minicomputers became affordable, and Don built the first hybrid (digitally controlled analog synthesizer) – the 500 series (1971). And along came microcomputers and the series 300 (using series 200 analog modules combined with 300 series digital modules). A hot...
Synthesizer Manuals: CockOS
Cockos Incorporated was founded in 2004, beginning an effort to build quality software that would benefit people throughout the world. Our goal is to develop software sustainably while preventing profit rationale from forcing engineering compromises. By doing so, we can keep our product visions intact, giving maximum benefit to our users. We lovingly craft the software that we would want to use.
TipTop audio is a new manufacturer of Eurorack moules from Hollywood, California, specialised in analogue and digital circuitry. After the Z5000 multi effect module the analog Z3000 Smart VCO is the next one and more will follow.
Topics: audio, device, select, reason, note, clip, automation, edit, midi, parameter, parameter automation,...
Synthesizer Manuals: Kawai
Kawai Musical Instruments Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (株式会社河合楽器製作所 Kabushiki-gaisha Kawai Gakki Seisakusho, TYO: 7952) is a musical instruments manufacturing company headquartered in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka, Japan. It is best known for its grand pianos, upright pianos, electronic keyboards and electronic synthesizers. The company was established in August 1927. Koichi Kawai, the company founder, was born in Hamamatsu, Japan in 1886. As the son of a wagon maker, Kawai developed an...
Topics: parameter, patch, midi, aaaa, mode, data, parameters, tone, pitch, switch, oaaa aaaa, voice...
Synthesizer Manuals: M-Audio
M-Audio (formerly Midiman) is a business unit of inMusic Brands that designs and markets digital audio and MIDI interfaces, keyboards and MIDI controllers, synthesizers, loudspeakers, studio monitors, digital DJ systems, microphones, and music software. The company has independent offices in the US, Canada, UK, Germany, France and Japan. M-Audio was founded in the late 1990s by Tim Ryan, an engineer and graduate of the California Institute of Technology who had co-designed the Con Brio Advanced...
Synthesizer Manuals: Kenton
Kenton Electronics was formed in 1986 by UK musician John Price. "I was a professional keyboard player with a background in electronics and a keen interest in computing. I owned an Oberheim OBX synth, which I very much wanted to get MIDIed. Unfortunately, the only interface on offer cost a fortune, and did very little, so I decided to do make my own. This was not quite the big step it might seem, as I had already built my own digital interface to enable me to play the OBX from the keyboard...
Maplin Electronics is a retailer of electronic goods in the UK and Ireland.
Topics: data, patch, sound, midi, set, key, velocity, tone, pitch, parameters, oaaa aaaa, key range, data...
Synthesizer Manuals: Linn
The LinnDrum (or Linn LM-2, the company's official designation) was a drum machine manufactured by Linn Electronics and the successor to the Linn LM-1. It was introduced in 1982 at a list price of $2,995. The LinnDrum had 15 drum sounds sampled from real drums played for the machine specifically by noted Los Angles Drummer ART WOOD, good friend of Roger Linn who also played with Roger Linn as well as Peter Frampton, Gary Wright, Cher , Tina Turner, Bette Midler and James Brown to name a few...
Topics: program, osc, switch, filter, programs, oos, knob, seq, envelope, mod, program select, unison...
Miscellaneous Synthesizer Manuals.
Topics: pattern, select, press, keyboard, pitch, midi, settings, aaaa, rhythm, output, oaaa aaaa, output...
Topics: midi, pad, trigger, sound, parameter, patch, set, settings, pedal, exc, pad bank, note number,...
Metasonix is an American audio equipment manufacturer, founded by Eric Barbour in 1998 and located in Lakeport, California. Until 2000, Barbour worked as an applications engineer for the Russian vacuum tube manufacturer Svetlana Electron Devices. He has also been contributing to Glass Audio magazine since 1991.He has been the senior editor of Vacuum Tube Valley magazine since 1995. Metasonix produces audio effects and synthesizers, using atypical vintage vacuum tubes; such as special types...
Cockos Reaper Owner's Manual Version 4.5
Topics: track, reaper, midi, media, item, click, items, select, tracks, project, user guide, media item,...
Synthesizer Manuals: Flame
The FLAME MIDI TALKING SYNTH is a small-sized MIDI-controlled sound module based on the analogue Speakjet ? chip, produced by the U.S. company Magnevation LLC. Originally designed for basic artificially generated speech output in American English tongue it was then refined and further developed as an 8-bit sound module with speech-like sounds and synthetic robot voices as well as beeps, alarms, noise and retro-style sci-fi sounds. Due to the structure of the Speakjet ? (with its complex sound...
Synth manual for the Yamaha PSR-77 and PSR-185 keyboards
Topics: yamaha, keyboard, music, synthesizer, psr-77, psr-185
Owner's manual for the Roland TR-626 Rhythm Composer. Warnings, panel descriptions, important notices, outline of the TR-626, connections, basic operation (checking drum voices & sound output, a brief description of rhythm writing, playing & writing rhythm patterns, track writing & playing), applications (functions to use while pattern writing, functions to use while track writing, functions to use while playing a track, miscellaneous functions), storing rhythm patterns in external...
Topics: measure, step, key, drum, rhythm, data, pattern, midi, push, mode, drum voice, drum voices, rhythm...
Fairlight is a digital audio company based in Sydney. In 1979 they created the Fairlight CMI, the first digital audio sampler, quickly used by artists such as Peter Gabriel, Kate Bush, and Jean Michel Jarre. They are now a manufacturer of media tools such as digital audio recording and mixing consoles. Fairlight became such a prominent part of 1980s pop music that Phil Collins included the text "there is no Fairlight on this record" on the sleeve of No Jacket Required. In 1975,...
Topics: midi, proteus, preset, presets, iii, instrument, manual, modulation, operation, lfo, operation...
Synthesizer Manuals: Edirol
Roland established Edirol in 1989 to create and sell Desktop Media Production (DTMP) products such as audio and video editors, but it wasn't until 1998 (which, incidentally, was the year that Edirol Europe was born) that many of its products travelled beyond Japanese shores. The V5 Video Canvas was one of these, and was probably the most significant stepping-stone in Roland's transition from an audio company into an audio-visual company.
Topics: blofeld, parameter, filter, modulation, sound, midi, manual, envelope, oscillator, signal, sound...
Owner's manual for the Roland U-20 RS-PCM Keyboard. Features, Important Notes, Playing: Step 1 (Before You Play, Listen to the ROM Songs, Introducing the U-20, Try Out the Sounds), Playing: Step 2 (Using and Setting the Performance Functions, Creating a Chord Set), Editing (Before You Create Your Own Sounds, Sound Patch Settings, Edit the Timbre Settings, Rhythm Set Settings), System Setups (About MIDI, How the U-20 Uses MIDI, Taking Full Advantage of the U-20), Summary (Play Mode and...
Topics: patch, data, sound, chord, midi, keyboard, rhythm, timbre, select, settings, sound patch, keyboard...
Owner's manual for the Roland TR-505. Initialization, panel description, outline of the TR-505, connections, operation (manual playing, demonstration program, playing the preset rhythm patterns, track writing and playing, writing and playing rhythm patterns, about scale and last step, useful functions in pattern writing mode, other useful functions), tape memory, MIDI, specifications. Roland Corporation, 1986.
Topics: key, pattern, rhythm, track, mode, midi, drum, composer, step, push, pattern group, main key,...
Synthesizer Manuals: Octave
Octave released this analog classic - the Cat - during the era of the Minimoog and ARP Odyssey synthesizers. The Cat is actually very much like the ARP Odyssey, so much so that ARP had sued them in the late 1970's for cloning their designs. The Cat is a monophonic/duophonic analog synthesizer with 2 oscillators capable of square and sawtooth waveforms. VCO 1 also has a triangle waveform. Each of the waveforms can be played simultaneously and mixed together and there are additional sub-octave...
Topics: press, track, select, project, change, insert, sound, adjusts, usb, tracks, red light, green light,...
Topics: preset, midi, proteus, filter, envelope, modulation, presets, menu, controller, edit, operation...
Topics: key, track, pattern, composer, main, mode, midi, button, enter, rhythm, main key, shift key,...
Topics: nanozwerg, cutoff, center, vca, vco, external, lfo, analogue, sequencer, oneshot, external audio,...
Topics: preset, midi, filter, envelope, cursor, menu, arpeggiator, modulation, control, master, data entry,...
Synthesizer Manuals: Sherman
In the late eighties & early nineties Herman Gillis was guitarplayer & producer in the Belgian music scene. His formerly contributed also in Poésie Noire. On this subject you can find more information on where you can see picture of Herman when you click at BAND MEMBERS : Herman Gillis. On this site you can also find a list on recordings that Herman wrote, or contributed to as producer (under his artist name "Sherman"). The first Filterbanks that were...
Topics: program, select, edit, key, knobs, shift, formant, microkorg, shiftand, midi, edit select, program...
Owner's manual for the Roland TR-909 rhythm composer. Operation, Basic Course (Sound Check, Pattern Write and Play, Track Program and Play, Tape Interface), Advanced Course (Variations of Writing Rhythm Patterns, Edit Functions, Other Functions), MIDI, Specifications/Options.
Topics: rhythm, pattern, enter, press, shift, button, tempo, track, key, mode, rhythm pattern, shift...
Topics: midi, bassstation, knob, filter, envelope, lfo, sound, oscillator, controls, switch, bassstation...
Synthesizer Manuals: Malekko
Malekko Heavy Industry Corporation is a specialty guitar pedal and synthesizer module maker based in Portland, Oregon and proudly produces products made in the USA. Malekko is co-owned by entrepreneur Josh Holley and music industry veteran Paul Barker. Paul Barker is a former member of the bands Ministry, Revolting Cocks, Lard, Pailhead, The Blackouts, Lead Into Gold, PTP, Acid Horse and others. As a recording and touring musician and producer, Barker has performed in venues world-wide and...
Topics: env, vcf, vco, knob, modulator, mixer, source, vca, transpose, lfo, source mixer, mixer vcf,...
Electronic Music Laboratories, commonly abbreviated to EML, was an audio synthesizer company. Founded in 1968 in Vernon, Connecticut by four former engineers, the company manufactured and designed a variety of synthesizers sharing the same basic design but configured in different ways. The company originated by accident, after Dale Blake, Norman Millard, Dennis Daugherty, and Jeff Murray, employees of Gerber Scientific, founded the company in order to ensure that they all continued to have a...
Topics: midi, tone, drum, data, channel, sound, depth, settings, change, messages, channel number, midi...
Topics: midi, controller, axiom, press, data, lcd, enter, lsb, zone, numeric, user guide, lcd display, midi...
Topics: midiverb, midi, programs, signal, stereo, program, patch, input, mix, flanging, midi patch, mix...
Topics: track, pattern, mode, key, song, measure, press, sequencer, chord, midi, play mode, step record,...
Topics: poly, patch, settings, delay, select, midi, press, parameter, sound, tone, oaaa aaaa, data card,...
Synthesizer Manuals: Lunar
The “LUNAR EXPERIENCE“ group of musicians & engineers is developing modules for analog modular synthesizers following the 5U standard. Main objective is being ease of use, especially in live performance situations, on stage and in the studio. In the last five years our continuously growing line of products – partly based on our customers’ suggestions – does include modules that do allow to explore new ways to generate trigger signals and control voltages, to process control...
Topics: drum, midi, program, knob, snare, tune, decay, sound, bass, cymbal, bass drum, snare drum, drum...
Manuals from Rupert Neve's Synthesizer company.
Manual for Casio CA-110 model Keyboard (synth)
Topics: casio, ca-110, manual, keyboard